Man accused of murder, arson wants charges dropped

48-year-old released last month after judge agreed case against him 'weak'


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man who was released from jail last month after spending more than three years behind bars on murder and arson charges was in court again Monday.

Randal Waoner, 48, wants the charges against him dropped, but that hasn't happened yet. He will be back in court again July 13.

A prosecutor admitted last month that the case against Wagoner is weak, and Circuit Judge James Daniel granted a defense motion for Wagoner's release without bond. 

Wagoner had been scheduled for trial on charges that he killed Kathy Johnson on Dec. 1, 2013, and set fire to a tavern on Commonwealth Avenue. Johnson lived upstairs.

Jacksonville police said Wagoner knew Johnson and the killing was the result of a fight over drugs and sex. His motorcycle was seen leaving the scene.

Wagoner was arrested three months later at a bar in Starke and has been held ever since.

Wagoner has always maintained his innocence.